I arrived at Aston in 2011 and teach on the French Studies and Translation Studies programmes. Before Aston I worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, Teaching Fellow and then Lecturer in French at the University of Reading, 2003-2011 with the exception of 2006-7 which I spent teaching undergraduate and postgraduate English courses at the Université Lumière Lyon II in France. Before entering academia I taught secondary French in schools in London and Lincolnshire and I worked as a freelance translator. I studied modern languages at the University of Huddersfield and music at the University of Huddersfield and the Royal Northern College of Music.
My first book Catholic Literature and Secularisation in France and England 1880-1914 (MUP, 2011) undertook to reshape literary or cultural taxonomies hitherto based on confessional labels which marginalize or exoticize Catholic literature in France and England.
In a series of articles and book chapters, I have also drawn theoretical concepts from the writings of René Girard to problematise the themes of French Catholic literature in ways that explore its attempts to speak to the individual and societal ramifications of secularization.
Another strand of my research concerns the French Far Right and the morphology of nationalism and national identities. I am the editor of National Identities in France which was published by Transaction Publishers in December 2011.
My current book project focuses on so-called technological pessimists in France, 1930-1960, including Georges Duhamel, Georges Bernanos, Gabriel Marcel, Jacques Ellul and others. Using a theoretical framework based on the writings of Paul Virilio, I argue that far from consigning these writers to history as obscure Luddites, we should see in them an anticipation of Virilio’s theory of the technological accident which foregrounds the disasters and accidents that all technologies can be subject to.
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